We have been accepted to present at the Teaching Institute for the Society of Research of Child Development (SRCD). Teaching Institute is held at the preconference of SRCD Biennial Conference 2015 in Philadelphia. Teaching Institute is designed for teachers of developmental courses of all levels wishing to develop strategies for engaging students, exploring new ideas, and update their knowledge with like-minded professionals.
Presenters professor Carolyn Palmer of Vassar College and Catherine Rosasco-Mitchell of Wellness Through Movement (Feldenkrais Practitioner) are giving simple lessons to build awareness from body-to-the-brain (or a Sensory Self-Awareness). Lessons will affect self-regulation, listening, attention, and behavior.
Expanding awareness of somatic influence guides individuals young and old into the uniqueness of how they learn. Students aware "internally” of somatic sensations influencing perception are more able to fully engage "externally."
To give students an experience of Sensory Self-Awarness Wellness Through Movement lessons chosen for presentation focus on both internal and external sensory bodies (embodiment of the body). Experience the “material nature to the sensory body” is a tool for a life span of learning.
Conference is held at the Marriott in downtown Philadelphia. For more information contact SRCD Preconference Teaching Institute 2015.
Change is a comin!
Blue Zones, a community health initiative is here in Kamuela, Hawaii. 200 cities across the nation applied for Blue Zones come into their community. We WON! This is an exciting time for BIG CHANGE in the strength of community bonds and social systems of education and healthcare for Waimea (Kamuela).
It's time for me to pull back from being in the classroom, and start supporting the whole social systems by focusing on the empowerment of awareness through the Blue Zone support systems.
The focus will be on how to support the programs and systems involved in wellbeing with the Blue Zone model. Special attention will continued in the direction of the physical sensation of embodiment. The secret code inside is "talking the same story" Blue Zones is talking… get back to our roots and the heart of who we are… a very good story not many are living.
Checking in to oneself is the first step. Understanding the "story" is the next step. "Your hearts know in the silence the secrets of the days and the nights" (Kahil Gibran). Moshe Feldenkrais figured out a method how to understand the secrets this story. Move. Point attention to feeling the sensation of motion and before changing it just witness the adaption of conditioning. Locked in all sensation of behavior is the muscular skeletal pattern of conditioning called COGNITION.
To give the power back to the people we need to wake up to the basics. Responsibility lies within the awareness of the self, sensing the body and hearing its version of the situation before it hurts. This takes training. If not it will develop haphazardly with life's successes and failures resulting in suffering.
How we learn and how we heal is a two-way road between the body and brain just as it is a two-way road between doctor and patient or teacher and student. Feel the sensation of the body behind a thought and you will know what is happening between the heart and head. The dynamic patterns of emotional, mental, and physical behavior is an integration different for everyone. Thus each person has the responsibility to find his or her "way" and then watch what you choose.
Look at yourself, feel yourself. The body is a God given vessel for change. And maybe the next time you want to change it will be a little easier to do when we do it together. Waimea are you ready?